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by Geoffrey Miller

At once a pioneering study of evolution and an accessible and lively read, The Mating Mind offers the most convincing - and radical - explanation to date for how and why the human mind evolved. Traditionally, evolutionary theory has explained intelligence as merely a by-product of surplus brain size. But psychologist Geoffrey Miller argues that it actively evolved, like the peacock's tail, for courtship and mating, and thereby shaped human nature.

Certain traits are attractive because they indicate the overall fitness of a potential mate. Miller maintains that both human sexes have evolved many significant ways of displaying fitness via expressions of creative intelligence such as storytelling, poetry, art, music, sports, dance, humor, kindness, and leadership. In support of this provocative thesis, he has gathered evidence from psychology, economics, history, pop culture, and Darwin's theory of sexual selection to present an utterly original synthesis of research.

The Mating Mind

By Geoffrey Miller

 

What if the human brain has evolved in its complexity not just to attain dominance of the planet, but to become more adept at the mating game? Psychologist Geoffrey Miller's The Mating Mind: How Sexual Choice Shaped the Evolution of Human Nature poses this question with a series of arguments that tie into Darwin's theories of sexual selection. Drawing on research, history, pop culture, evolutionary psychology, and economics, Miller works his point that much of human culture came about for the same reason peacocks have beautiful tails: The survival of the sexiest. Paperback, 528 pages.




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